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Practical Nursing

  • NRS110,NRS110C 9 credits
    Foundations of Nursing – Health Promotion - Register

    Introduces the learner to framework of the RCC and Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) curriculum with its focus on 10 competencies. The emphasis on health promotion across the life span includes learning about self-health as well as client health practices. To support self and client health practices, students learn to access research evidence about healthy lifestyle patterns and risk factors for disease/illness, apply growth and development theory, interview clients in a culturally sensitive manner, work as members of a multidisciplinary team, give and receive feedback about performance, and use reflective thinking about their practice as nursing students. Populations studied include children, adults, older adults and the family experiencing a normal pregnancy. Includes classroom/lab covering basic nursing procedures and clinical learning experiences in a variety of community settings and in hospital facilities. The clinical portion of the course includes practice with therapeutic communication skills and selected core nursing skills identified in the OCNE Core Nursing Skills document. Clinical experience is graded on a pass/no pass basis.
    Prerequisites: Completion of all prerequisite/preparatory courses (45 credits minimum) and formal acceptance into the RCC AAS Nursing program. This is a limited-entry program. Offered fall term.

  • NRS111,NRS111C 6 credits
    Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness - Register

    Introduces assessment and common interventions (including technical procedures) for patients with chronic illnesses common across the life span in multiple ethnic groups. The patient's and family’s “lived experience” of the condition is explored. Clinical practice guidelines and research evidence are used to guide clinical judgments in care of individuals with chronic conditions. Multidisciplinary team roles and responsibilities are explored in the context of delivering safe, high quality health care to individuals with chronic conditions (includes practical and legal aspects of delegation). Cultural, ethical, legal and health care delivery issues are explored through case scenarios and clinical practice. Case exemplars include children with asthma, adolescents with a mood disorder, adults with type 2 diabetes, and older adults with dementia. The course includes classroom and clinical learning experiences. Clinical experience is graded on a pass/no pass basis.
    Prerequisites: NRS110, NRS112, NRS230, NRS232; NRS231 and NRS 233 taken concurrently. Offered spring term.

  • NRS112 6 credits
    Foundations of Nursing in Acute Care I - Register

    Introduces the learner to assessment and common interventions (including relevant technical procedures) for care of patients across the lifespan who require acute care, including normal childbirth. Disease/illness trajectories and their translation into clinical practice guidelines and/or standard procedures are considered in relation to their impact on providing culturally sensitive, patient-centered care. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences.
    Prerequisite: NRS110; NRS230 and NRS232 taken concurrently. Offered winter term.

  • NRS115,NRS115C 6 credits
    LPN Transition to OCNE - Register

    Introduces the learner to the framework of the RCC and Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education (OCNE) curriculum including the OCNE competencies and benchmarks and the clinical judgment model. The student is introduced to the role and practice of the registered nurse. Concepts and applicability of the ANA Code of Ethics will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to evidenced-based care including levels of evidence. Concepts of health promotion, chronic care and acute care as applied to nursing practice will be explored. Case studies, concept-based learning activities, and patient care activities will be used to provide students opportunities to demonstrate critical thinking in the provision of simulated and actual patient care. The course will be delivered through a variety of methods, e.g. face to face classroom and seminar, skills lab, high fidelity simulation, and hospital clinical experiences. Participation in weekly NRS115 seminar sessions and all scheduled NRS115C clinical experiences (including required preparation for clinical care) will typically require a five day per week time commitment. Clinical is graded on a P/NP basis.
    Prerequisites: NRS230, NRS232, and full acceptance to the RCC Nursing program. This course is only for LPNs accepted into the advanced placement process. Offered spring term.

  • NRS221,NRS221C 9 credits
    Nursing in Chronic Illness II and End-of-Life - Register

    Builds on NRS111 Foundations of Nursing in Chronic Illness I. Chronic Illness II expands the student’s knowledge related to family care giving, symptom management and end of life concepts. These concepts are a major focus and basis for nursing interventions with patients and families. Ethical issues related to advocacy, self-determination, and autonomy are explored. Complex skills associated with the assessment and management of concurrent illnesses and conditions are developed within the context of patient and family preferences and needs. Skills related to enhancing communication and collaboration as a member of an interprofessional team and across health care systems are further explored. Exemplars include patients with chronic mental illness and addictions, as well as other chronic conditions and disabilities affecting functional status and family relationships. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences. Clinical experience is graded on a pass/no pass basis.
    Prerequisites: NRS110, NRS111, NRS112, NRS230, NRS231, NRS232 and NRS233. Offered fall term.

  • NRS222,NRS222C 9 credits
    Nursing in Acute Care II and End-of-Life - Register

    Builds on Nursing in Acute Care I focusing on more complex and/or unstable patient care conditions, some of which may result in death. These patient care conditions require strong noticing and rapid decision making skills. Evidence base is used to support appropriate focused assessments and effective, efficient nursing interventions. Life span and developmental factors, cultural variables, and legal aspects of care frame the ethical decision-making employed in patient choices for treatment or palliative care with an acute trajectory. Case scenarios incorporate prioritizing care needs, delegation and supervision, family and patient teaching for either discharge planning or end-of-life care. Exemplars include acute conditions affecting multiple body systems. Includes classroom and clinical learning experiences. Clinical experience is graded on a pass/no pass basis.
    Prerequisites: NRS221. Offered winter term.

  • NRS224,NRS224C 9 credits
    Integrative Practicum - Register

    Designed to formalize the clinical judgments, knowledge and skills necessary in safe, registered nurse practice. The faculty/clinical teaching associate/student triad model provides a context that allows the student to experience the nursing role in a selected setting, balancing the demands of professional nursing and lifelong learner. Analysis and reflection throughout the clinical experience provide students with evaluative criteria against which they can judge their own performance and develop a practice framework. Includes seminar, self-directed study and clinical experience. Required for AAS degree and eligibility for NCLEX-RN exam. Clinical experience is graded on a pass/no pass basis.
    Prerequisites: NRS221 and NRS222. Offered spring term.

  • NRS230 3 credits
    Clinical Pharmacology I - Register

    Introduces the theoretical background that enables students to provide safe and effective care related to drugs and natural products to persons throughout the lifespan. It includes the foundational concepts of principles of pharmacology, nonopioid analgesics, and antibiotics as well as additional classes of drugs. Students will learn to make selected clinical decisions in the context of nursing regarding using current, reliable sources of information, understanding of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, developmental physiologic considerations, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of drug therapy, teaching persons from diverse populations regarding safe and effective use of drugs and natural products, intervening to increase therapeutic benefits and reduce potential negative effects, and communicating appropriately with other health professionals regarding drug therapy. Drugs are studied by therapeutic or pharmacological class using an organized framework.
    Prerequisites: NRS110 or instructor permission. Offered winter term.

  • NRS231 3 credits
    Clinical Pharmacology II - Register

    This sequel to NRS230 Clinical Pharmacology I continues to provide the theoretical background that enables students to provide safe and effective nursing care related to drugs and natural products to persons throughout the lifespan. Students will learn to make selected clinical decisions in the context of nursing regarding using current, reliable sources of information, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of drug therapy, teaching persons from diverse populations regarding safe and effective use of drugs and natural products, intervening to increase therapeutic benefits and reduce potential negative effects, and communicating appropriately with other health professionals regarding drug therapy. The course addresses additional classes of drugs and related natural products not contained in Clinical Pharmacology I. Content for NRS231 focuses on drugs for diabetes, concepts of chemotherapy, drugs that act in the central nervous system, drugs that treat inflammation, antiviral drugs, antilipidemics, and diuretics.
    Prerequisite: NRS230. Offered spring term.

  • NRS232 3 credits
    Pathophysiological Processes I - Register

    Introduces pathophysiological processes that contribute to many different disease states across the lifespan and human responses to those processes. Includes the foundational concepts of cellular adaptation, injury, and death; inflammation and tissue healing; fluid and electrolyte imbalances; and physiologic response to stressors and pain as well as additional pathophysiological processes. Students will learn to make selective clinical decisions in the context of nursing regarding using current, reliable sources of pathophysiology information, selecting and interpreting focused nursing assessments based on knowledge of pathophysiological processes, teaching persons from diverse populations regarding pathophysiological processes, and communicating with other health professionals regarding pathophysiological processes.
    Prerequisites: NRS110. Offered winter term.

  • NRS233 3 credits
    Pathophysiological Processes II - Register

    This sequel to NRS232 Pathophysiological Processes I continues to explore pathophysiological processes that contribute to disease states across the lifespan and human responses to those processes. Students will learn to make selected clinical decisions in the context of nursing regarding using current, reliable sources of pathophysiology information, selecting and interpreting focused nursing assessments based on knowledge of pathophysiological processes, teaching persons from diverse populations regarding pathophysiological processes, and communicating with other health professionals regarding pathophysiological processes. The course addresses additional pathophysiological processes not contained in Pathophysiological Processes I.
    Prerequisite: NRS232. Offered spring term.

  • NUR100 1 credit
    Scope of Practice and Safety Considerations - Register

    Covers the review and practice of safety concepts, nursing skills, and knowledge needed to care for individuals across the life span as previously learned in the program. The returning student is expected to demonstrate a level of preparedness that reflects independent review, study and groundwork. There will be individualized instruction, practice and evaluation of student performance of specific nursing skills in a laboratory setting. Course is graded on a pass/no pass basis.
    Prerequisite: Re-entry to the Practical Nursing or Nursing programs. Course does not transfer.

  • PN101,PN101C 11 credits
    Practical Nursing I - Register

    Covers the practical nurse’s contributions to the nursing process and legal and ethical issues within the PN scope of practice. Practical nursing skills, pharmacology and medication administration, communication skills, growth and development across the life span, and selected medical-surgical content are covered. Clinical application occurs in the skills lab and a long-term care setting. Skills lab/clinical course is graded on a pass/no pass basis.
    Prerequisites: MTH65 or higher level math, CNA-1 course completion or OSBN CNA certification, BI121 and BI122 with lab (or BI231, BI232 and BI233 with labs), CPR, CS120 or documented computer proficiency, WR121, and acceptance into the Practical Nursing program (see this catalog for detailed information and September application deadline). Course may not transfer. Offered winter term.

  • PN102,PN102C 12 credits
    Practical Nursing II - Register

    Continues application of the nursing process and practical nursing scope of practice to content in selected medical-surgical areas including perioperative, cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, mental health, and gastrointestinal disorders. Within the organizing framework of the concepts of the individual, society, health, and the nursing process, an integrated approach is used that considers pathophysiology, diagnostic testing, fluid and electrolyte balance, nutrition, pharmacology, psychosocial and spiritual needs, and culture across the lifespan. Nursing care provided by the student in clinical situations takes place in long-term care and in the acute-care medical/surgical and perioperative settings, with specialty experiences. Clinical course is graded on a pass/no pass basis.
    Prerequisites: PN101 and PN101C. Course may not transfer. Offered spring term.

  • PN103,PN103C 12 credits
    Practical Nursing III - Register

    Continues the application of the nursing process and practical nursing scope specific to foundations of oncology, hematology, immune disorders, HIV, reproduction, maternity, pediatrics, orthopedics, neurological and renal/urinary. In addition, nursing leadership and trends in practical nursing are considered. Within the organizing framework of the concepts of the individual, society, health and the nursing process, an integrated approach is used that considers pathophysiology, diagnostic testing, fluid and electrolyte balance, nutrition, pharmacology, psychosocial and spiritual needs and culture across the life span. Nursing care provided by the student in clinical situations (PN103C) takes place primarily in long-term care settings with specialty experiences in the maternity and mental health units of local hospitals. Clinical is graded on a pass/no pass basis.
    Prerequisites: PSY101 or BT101, PN102, and PN102C. Course may not transfer. Offered summer term.

  • PN104C 2 credits
    Practical Nursing Leadership Clinical - Register

    Facilitates the transitional process from student practical nurse to beginning graduate practical nurse. By completing an individualized, concentrated clinical experience in the long-term care or other assigned setting, students will be able to focus on leadership skills demonstrating the ability to implement nursing actions that reinforce previous practical nursing didactic content within the organizing framework of the concepts of the individual, society, health and the nursing process. Nursing care provided by the student will take place primarily in the long-term care or other assigned setting, working with a clinical teaching associate (CTA). Clinical is graded on a pass/no pass basis.
    Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in PN103 and PN103C. Course may not transfer. Offered summer term.